Walking and Talking

What's happening Week #14 at CC T&C?


“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:24-27 (ESV)

From the 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy:

"• Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.
• 6 in 10 young Americans don’t speak a foreign language fluently.
• 20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It’s the largest country in Africa.)
• 48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It’s Hindu—by a landslide.)
• Half of young Americans can’t find New York on a map.
“These results suggest that young people in the United States—the most recent graduates of our educational system—are unprepared for an increasingly global future. Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events.”

Foundations to Challenge Connection

In her book The Core, Leigh Bortins gives a plan for restoring geographic literacy.

“Studying geography is actually one subject that is easy to make fun and informative from an early age while working on the basics. It is easy to teach well, as it can engage the minds of all ages and learning styles, yet geography is another neglected subject in American education. Having a basic map in our heads helps us to form accurate images of international conflicts or relive adventures with historical heroes or sympathize with plights of man beset by natural disasters….

“The first step to restoring geography education is to teach students to memorize maps. That may sound boring unless you realize how relaxing drawing and coloring can be…. Students can practice drawing maps while listening to classical music or talking to a family member who is drawing and memorizing a map with them.

“Knowing about the world helps students to engage with literature, history, current events, and missions.”


Our Presenting Family is Jessica, Elanor, and Violet Murphy.

It is Christmas in January Day! I will be ordering a pizza from Pizza Hut. Let me know if you are interested in a $5 medium one-topping pizza by Monday at 8 pm.

As we study 6 great artists this quarter, remember to wear "paint friendly" clothing each week. Room parents may be asked to spray paint art projects outdoors.

Please pack up lunches in the gym by 12:50 so the clean-up crew has time to sweep the floor before Essentials class begins at 1:00.

Mary Bryant, former CC tutor, parent, and songwriter, has made copies of her Exodus song available for $1.29 on this website: https://www.oronjo.com/p/kjjpdtAvcfMgtvYbm


Let me know if you or anyone you know would like to participate in filling a box for St. Louis or Haiti kids. I will have my mom bring a box for you.

Calling all actors and actresses! Part of our Opening Assembly time in the 3rd quarter will be spent introducing the Great Artist of the week. I am looking for responsible and animated students to assist me in 5 minute skits about each artist, both in writing the skits and performing them. Let me know if you and/or your child/children are interested.

Volunteer Schedule

What will we be learning this week?

Presentation, Science, and Fine Arts

Presentation: Show-n-Tell or Academic
The suggested topic for Weeks 13-15 is Fine Arts.

Teach us how to play a song on the tin whistle.

Analyze the OiLS of a drawing you like.

Research a famous artist and present the information.

Our Science experiments involve Earth Science. Did you know there are layers of soil in the ground? What happens when you scrape an element onto a hard surface?

The Fine Arts lesson is Great Artists - Our artist this week is Ghibirti.